The Rheumatology and Physical Therapy Department provides both outpatient and inpatient care for patients presenting with various rheumatic and musculoskeletal complaints, as well as rehabilitation and physical therapy service. We are located on the ground floor of FMC hospital.
The department is currently staffed by a board certified rheumatologist and 2 highly qualified, well trained physiotherapist, and it is equipped with the most advanced machines in physical therapy including, laser, ultrasound, shock wave therapy, short wave diathermy, cryotherapy, wax bath, magnetic therapy.
Our department provides a unique environment where the physician, and physical therapists, work together in collaboration with other related hospital specialties and departments including excellent laboratory and radiology department to implement cutting-edge treatment to patients from Suleimani, Kurdistan, and whole Iraq.
- Diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of various rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders.
- Information, education and support to enable the patient to understand his disease and its impact on his body so that he can play active role in its management.
- Various joints injection with steroids, and viscosupplementation.
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy service for the various rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders, orthopedic, neurological, and neurosurgical disorders.
Our department diagnoses and treats patients with the following rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases:
- Low back pain (disc prolapse, spondylosis, myofascial pain, ligament sprain, compression fracture, and infection, others…)
- Neck pain (disc prolapse, sprain and strains, myofascial pain, spondylosis, infection)
- Soft tissue rheumatism (various shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, and feet problems).
- Nerve compression syndrome like carpal tunnel syndrome
- All Inflammatory joint disease like rheumatoid arthritis, reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, others….
- All Connective tissue disorders including SLE, systemic sclerosis, myositis and vasculitis.
- Crystal induced arthritis (gout, pseudogout)
- Osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases
- Juvenile (Pediatric) arthritis
All people can benefit from physiotherapy at some point in their lives. While it is well-known that physiotherapists treat injuries, increasing numbers of patients are coming to physiotherapists when they want to take control of their health and stay well. Some of the needs physiotherapists address include:
- Cardiorespiratory – prevents, rehabilitates and supports people living with, or at risk of diseases and injuries affecting the heart and lungs, such as heart disease or asthma. Physiotherapist’s help patients prepare for or recover from surgery, and prescribe exercises and other interventions to improve quality of life.
- Cancer, palliative care and lymphedema– addresses a range of patient needs, including treating, managing or preventing fatigue, pain, muscle and joint stiffness, and deconditioning.
- Continence and women’s health– manages and prevents incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction in men, women and children. Physiotherapists work in areas including pregnancy, birth, loss of bladder or bowel control, and with men living with or recovering from prostate cancer.
- Supporting older– uses evidence-based care to promote healthy and active ageing among older. Physiotherapists help manage or prevent the effects of conditions or risks such as osteoporosis, incontinence and falls.
- Musculoskeletal– prevents and treats clients with musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and back pain. Techniques include addressing underlying problems, preventing strain and injury, and prescribing exercises and other interventions to promote mobility.
- Neurology– promotes movement and quality of life in patients who have had severe brain or spinal cord damage from trauma, or who suffer from neurological diseases such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
- Orthopedic– helps patients prevent or manage acute or chronic orthopedic conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and amputations. Physiotherapists also help patients prepare for or rehabilitate from orthopedic surgery, or another orthopedic hospital admissions.
- Pediatric (supporting infants and children)– aims to prevent conditions or support a child’s development such as addressing milestone delays with sitting and walking, clumsiness, or hyperactivity.
- Pain – manages or prevents pain and its impact on function in patients using a psychologically informed and interdisciplinary approach. Physiotherapists work with other health and social-care professionals to manage pain at the acute stage of an injury or condition, including through identifying psychosocial risk factors that may lead to chronicity.
- Sports – prevents, diagnoses and treats musculoskeletal and sporting injuries among all types of people.
- Aquatic – using a pool, physiotherapists treat patients with a multitude of conditions using hydrotherapy including sports injuries, post-operative and orthopedic conditions, spinal pain and/or injuries and arthritis. Aquatic physiotherapy is popular for aged care.